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Were you 'wowed' by Lady Gaga's rendition of the National Anthem for Super Bowl 50?

Asked by ibstubro (18804points) February 8th, 2016

Lady Gaga sings the National Anthem at Super Bowl 50.

I’m not a Lady Gaga fan (or detractor, she’s just off my radar), but I must say I was blown away.

If you weren’t impressed, can you point us toward someone you thought did better?

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OpryLeigh's avatar

Yes. I don’t think her vocal talent can be denied!

Strauss's avatar

I was really impressed. When I first heard of her, during her meat dress period, I thought she had some talent, with a gimmick to go along. After hearing her last night, I felt she was not only singing the music, but she was performing an excellent interpretation of the lyrics as well. Her performance at the SuperBowl was anything any voice teacher or coach would want from a singer. Her talent has blossomed to the point that she doesn’t need any gimmicks.

elbanditoroso's avatar

Yes, the voice was impressive, and she did a great job on the song.

The red eye decoration—- not so much.

Seek's avatar

I wonder whether there was any running commentary on the sportscaster’s, coach’s, or referees’ choice of costume.

jca's avatar

I just watched it for the first time. I thought it was excellent.

josie's avatar

I got home JUST in time to see the Super Bowl.
I could not wait to see Lady Gaga-I am and have been a fan from the beginning
Great job on the National Anthem.
Is she married?

chyna's avatar

@josie She is engaged.
I thought she was great. She has a beautiful voice.

yankeetooter's avatar

I thought she did a nice job…

Espiritus_Corvus's avatar

Yes, it’s all over international TV. I was sold on her when she did that duet witj Tony Bennett and they got along so well, he adopted her as his goddaughter. The lady can sing and she seems like a nice person to boot.

jca's avatar

I thought it was really dignified.

I liked how the eye shadow matched the hair.

josie's avatar

She is engaged

Oh well…

Pachy's avatar

Yes—although I watched the video, not the game.

Nice to hear the song sung with feeling for a change instead of screamed with little more than vocal gymnastics.

filmfann's avatar

I am surprised that she has been hiding that talent until recently.

picante's avatar

The anticipation of her performance was the only reason my television was on; and she exceeded my expectations. Her passionate and talented execution moved me to tears.

ucme's avatar

Considering what she had to work with, it’s a truly dreadful song, she did a better job than most who warble it like a strangled cat.
And yes, before anyone leaps in, our (British) anthem is awful too, but hey…I didn’t write it ;-}

Pachy's avatar

Well put, @ucme.

stanleybmanly's avatar

The wife pulled me out of the garage and ran the game back to her spot. Gaga earned her money. Even I teared up.

Cruiser's avatar

Not only does she have a great voice (and legs) she also has an amazing makeup artist

stanleybmanly's avatar

Wow. That explains it! She’s Mick Jagger’s clone.

JLeslie's avatar

I thought she was great! I’ve loved her from when she first hit the scene. I felt like finally some of the dance-ish music I like was coming back into the mainstream, and over the years she has proven to have a good voice and I’ve always admired her appreciation for the arts and her support she shows to people who feel outside of the mainstream, and we all feel that way at times I think.

ibstubro's avatar

Thanks, all, I gave GA instead of individual comments.

I have to admit that my impression of Gaga was much the same as @Yetanotheruser – a singer with a gimmick. More power to her. I’d seen bits and clips here and there and my impression was more fashion than form.
To put it bluntly, I always thought she was a Madonna wannabe.


I’ve seen a lot of people show their chops singing the anthem, but I never thought I’d see/hear someone sing it so nearly flawlessly and interpret it.

The flash obviously makes her happy, so more power to her, but it just detracts from her talent, IMP.

DrasticDreamer's avatar

Yes, I was. I even made a Facebook post about it, which is the first time I’ve ever made a post about a celebrity. I wasn’t even watching the game, but I heard it from another room. I had no idea who was singing – and doing it so impressively – so I got up to check. When I saw who it was, my eyebrows rose in surprise. She did a really, really good job. I’ve seen so many botched renditions that it was that much more powerful.

Seek's avatar

I did not watch, since I don’t sportsball.

My husband does not like Lady Gaga – at all.

He says she did an admirable job, for singing the song instead of making it a warbling gospel single.

That is high praise.

ibstubro's avatar

There’s a link in the Details, @Seek.

I don’t even have the option of broadcast TV and I was previously unmoved by Gaga, but I’ve watched it a couple of times.

Seek's avatar

Thanks. I’ll probably just play my Gaga playlist later. I enjoy her music, but I’m not terribly fond of the national anthem.

Buttonstc's avatar

A lot of people have sold her short for a long time. Many were amazed when she did the medley of songs from The Sound of Music and did it so well.

Not many realized that she did daily sessions for MONTHS with Christina Aguilera’s voice coach in preparation for that performance.

She learned to play piano at age four and learned standard classical piano as well as Jazz as a child. She was fortunate to have parents who recognized her innate ability and could afford piano lessons for her to further develop that.

At age 11 she was accepted at Juilliard (even tho she went elsewhere) and at 17 was one of only 20 people worldwide ever accepted for early admission to the Tisch School of the Arts.

The reason she and Tony got on so well is not just her voice, which is great, but he recognized her solid musical training as well as her natural talent. You can’t fake that stuff no matter how many meat dresses you wear :)

A lot of people view her as a Madonna wannabe, but she’s actually better than her. Madonna is a far better dancer and showman than she is a singer. I mean she’s OK as a singer but not great. Madonna doesn’t have a four octave range ; Gaga does. So, as a singer and all around musician I’d rate her higher than M. And I think history will bear this out when all is said and done. Gaga is only at the beginning of her career.

I learned a lot of this history about her years ago from a special (maybe Oprah? I forget ) which outlined her life before she became famous. She has always been a hard worker dedicated to the fundamentals of good solid music (even tho it’s been overshadowed by all the outrageous publicity stuff)

I would have been amazed if she did a crappy job with the National Anthem but she really hit it out of the park. And I’m glad that now so many are becoming aware of the depth and range of her talent.

Anyhow, you might enjoy this article written prior to her SB performance.

Here2_4's avatar

@Seek for you

I thought Gaga did wonderful.
For those who don’t know, she has performed with Tony a lot.
Care to check them out?

Espiritus_Corvus's avatar


She was bullied for being different throughout her school years. In 2012 she launched Born this Way Foundation:

“The foundation aims to create a ‘braver, kinder world’ for youths; create safe-spaces, promote the learning of life skills, and provide opportunities to improve their local communities In a statement, Lady Gaga said ‘My mother and I have initiated a passion project [...] to establish a standard of bravery and kindness, as well as a community worldwide that protects and nurtures others in the face of bullying and abandonment.’”

Her Other Philanthropic Efforts:

“Besides her career in music, Gaga has also contributed to various charities. For natural disasters, Gaga has helped various relief efforts. Although declining an invitation to appear on the single “We Are the World 25” to benefit victims of the 2010 Haiti earthquake, she donated the proceeds of her concert of January 24, 2010, at New York’s Radio City Music Hall to the country’s reconstruction relief fund. All profits from her official online store on that day were also donated. Gaga announced that an estimated total of US$500,000 was collected for the fund.

“Hours after the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami hit Japan on March 11, 2011, Gaga tweeted a message and a link to Japan Prayer Bracelets. All revenue from a bracelet she designed in conjunction with the company was donated to relief efforts. As of March 29, 2011, the bracelets raised $1.5 million. On June 25, 2011, Gaga performed at MTV Japan’s charity show in Makuhari Messe, which benefited the Japanese Red Cross.

“On October 9, 2012, Yoko Ono gave Gaga and four other activists the LennonOno Grant for Peace in Reykjavík, Iceland.

“On November 6, 2012, Gaga pledged to donate $1 million to the American Red Cross to help the victims of Hurricane Sandy. Gaga also contributes in the fight against HIV and AIDS, focusing on educating young women about the risks of the disease.

“In collaboration with Cyndi Lauper, Gaga joined forces with MAC Cosmetics to launch a line of lipstick under their supplementary cosmetic line, Viva Glam. In a press release, Gaga declared, ‘I don’t want Viva Glam to be just a lipstick you buy to help a cause. I want it to be a reminder when you go out at night to put a condom in your purse right next to your lipstick’.The sales of Gaga-endorsed Viva Glam lipstick and lipgloss have raised more than $202 million to fight HIV and AIDS.”

foxglove's avatar

I liked her better than Beyoncé.

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